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September 1, 2015

“Devastating consequences if the current trend lines continue”

Filed under: Biosecurity,Catastrophes,Climate Change,Futures,Resilience,Risk Assessment,Strategy — by Philip J. Palin on September 1, 2015

Thanks to the Alaska Dispatch News, here’s a transcript of the speech President Obama gave Monday evening (9PM Eastern) in Alaska.

The phrase “homeland security” was never uttered.  But I perceive a considerable connection.  One excerpt:

We also know the devastating consequences if the current trend lines continue.  That is not deniable.  And we are going to have to do some adaptation, and we are going to have to help communities be resilient, because of these trend lines we are not going to be able to stop on a dime.  We’re not going to be able to stop tomorrow. 

But if those trend lines continue the way they are, there’s not going to be a nation on this Earth that’s not impacted negatively.  People will suffer.  Economies will suffer.  Entire nations will find themselves under severe, severe problems.  More drought; more floods; rising sea levels; greater migration; more refugees; more scarcity; more conflict. 

That’s one path we can take.  The other path is to embrace the human ingenuity that can do something about it.  This is within our power.  This is a solvable problem if we start now. 

 

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2 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 2, 2015 @ 7:35 am

Perhaps of interest to some the President announce the Administration would support the construction of a new icebreaker ship which on completion would give the US three [3]. IMO two will be obsolete when the new one completed.

Russia has 41 icebreakers many modern.

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 3, 2015 @ 6:54 am

N.B. China has no coastal area on the Arctic Ocean. The did deploy 5 naval warships for the first time in the Bering Sea.

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